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Extreme Heat Impacting Crops on Delmarva

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SUSSEX COUNTY, Del- Our region experienced record breaking heat with temperatures up to the high 90's. Wednesday's weather felt more like the Fourth of July than just a few weeks until Halloween. For Delmarva farmers and their crops, they are loving the heat. 

Rob Dick is the farmer and owner of Totem Farms in Milton, DE. As he gathers cherry tomatoes, he says his summer crops are soaking up the sun.

"Tomatoes for example love this kind of weather as long as you irrigate them. They are producing more now, then they had a month ago", explains Rob. 

While Rob says other crops tend to suffer in these warmer temperatures. 

"My lettuce will wilt a lot faster, it doesn't like the heat. So for us farmers who grow lettuce a lot it does hurt the production", mentions Rob. 

Across the county in Bridgeville, Katey Evans is one of the owners of Evan Farms. Evans says she is not complaining about the lack of rain lately and that her crops are thriving. 

"We actually prefer it to be dry during this time of year especially for harvesting. We really have been able to plug a lot and get the crops out of the field faster such as soy beans, corn and spinach", explains Evans. 

Farmers say fruits like strawberries tend to grow great in the heat while pumpkins tend to struggle. Katie Evans says this hasn't stopped people from buying pumpkins.

"Even though it doesn't feel like fall everyone is in the mood to buy this year, so that's been fantastic for our sales", mentions Evans. 

Evans says one positive of the extreme heat is her summer crops are still blooming and becoming a best seller. 

"We had a really late watermelon season this year, which has been fantastic. We are excited that our season has been extended", announces Evans. 

As the heat winds down later in the week, farmers across Delmarva are ready for fall. 

The Evans Farm in Bridgeville is hosting it's annual 2 day fall festival this weekend on October 5th and 6th. The Totem Farms is also opening their own farmers market in Milton on Friday, October 4th. 

 

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